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English verb: divert

1. divert (motion) turn aside; turn away from


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)turn

Narrower (hyponym)depart, detour, digress, sidetrack, straggle, yaw

2. divert (motion) send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)direct, send

Narrower (hyponym)deviate, route

3. divert (social) occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion

SamplesThe play amused the ladies.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to divert Sue

Synonymsamuse, disport

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)entertain

4. divert (possession) withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions

Synonymshive off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw, draw off, take out, withdraw

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